Health systems are facing more pressure than ever to deliver cost savings. As a result, many organizations have turned their attention to cost-per-case as an area for potential financial improvements. In this week’s news roundup: how healthcare cost-per-case improvements deliver big bottom-line savings; sepsis treatment costs shoot up $1.5 billion for hospitals over three years; cost-accounting-adoption-slow-decades-now-hyper-speed; and, hospital leaders see clear ROI for supply chain analytics, but most use outdated processes.
This week’s news roundup is all about Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs): why they might be today’s top solution for healthcare interoperability demands; how to achieve a network-of-networks with health data standardization; the top five things to know about CCDs; and more.
This week’s news roundup is all about data-driven care: how data accessibility and analytics enables data-driven emergency care; how a new data sharing partnership with the American Heart Association boosts medical emergency outcomes; How AI and machine learning will fuel future population health management efforts; and how smart speakers my be able to detect cardiac arrests.
Big changes are in store for MSSP ACOs with the Pathways to Success final rule poised to take affect soon. In this week’s news roundup: strategies to help ACOs boost savings; why changes to MSSP may be the beginning of an important cultural shift; a new study finds that MSSP ACOs do not improve savings or quality; and how downside risk will impact participation in Pathways to Success.
Population health is the phrase of the week. In this week’s roundup: a lesson from precision medicine that helps inform healthcare leaders on improving population health; three ways healthcare professionals can use social media to improve population health; an introduction to a data- and analytics-first approach to population health management; and how academic medical centers can boost population health management.
A health system’s board of trustees plays a critical role in decision-making and governance but often lacks oversight. In this week’s news roundup: six guidelines for engaging the board in quality and safety; AHA study shows that hospital boards see low turnover but lack diversity and succession planning; an assessment tool allows health system boards to track their performance; and, why all hospital boards deserve greater scrutiny
Healthcare payer models are changing rapidly. This week’s roundup features new and emerging healthcare payment models: the top five financial opportunities for payers; healthcare experts weigh in on the five new CMS Primary Care payment models; why some healthcare executives are calling for Stark Law reform; and what payment looks like in social determinants of health programs.
With the right evidence, analytics, and methods, providers and improvement teams can transform healthcare, improving the quality of patient care and the bottom line. This week’s news roundup focuses on healthcare quality improvement projects: top examples, battling prolonged lengths of stay with data, closing care gaps with technology, and streamlining data for health plan quality reporting.
This week’s news roundup is all about ACOs: the past, present, and future of ACOs and CINs; why some provider groups want to make the next generation of ACOs permanent; the reason some ACOs stay in the MSSP; and why half of ACOs are likely to exit MSSP due to new downside risk requirements.
This week’s news roundup focuses on improvement opportunities and digital solutions for payers: how healthcare analytics is helping payers thrive with increased financial risk; trends in healthcare payments; how health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers are falling short when it comes to medication access for autoimmune diseases; why communication is key for out-of-pocket patient costs; and more.
Patient safety is always an important and timely topic. In this week’s news roundup: a CMS proposed rule to strengthen oversight of accrediting organizations; using event reporting and predictive analytics to make patients safer; EHRs as the cause of treatment delays and safety and communication issues between patients and providers; and, using data to improve quality and patient safety.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a proposed rule to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act and proivdes for a public comment period that ends June 3. This week’s news roundup focuses on the the ONC’s proposed rule: information blocking practices defined and explained, industry concerns about the proposed interoperability rules, and the push for use of open APIs.
Physician burnout has been linked to an increase in medical errors, lower quality of care, and reduced work satisfaction. This week’s news roundup focuses on physician burnout, the top burdens facing physicians today, interventions that are helping, and how the digitization of healthcare has exacerbated the problem.
Employer-provided health insurance continues to be a hot topic-and a problem-for both providers and consumers. This week’s news roundup examines the issue, including why employers provide health insurance in the first place, why Europeans don’t get huge medical bills, how some employers are choosing their employees’ doctors, and how data will help shape the future of employer insurance.
This week’s news roundup is all about data and the life science industry: why extended real-world data is the industry’s number one asset, why pharma R&D needs to adopt a data science mindset, how the cloud can transform pharma, and, on the flip side, why the industry is resistant to embrace cloud technology. Lastly, the Novartis CEO who wanted to bring tech into pharma now explains why it’s so hard.
Alongside widespread efforts to improve healthcare quality, safety, and interoperability, the demand for electronic health information exchanges (HIEs) is increasing. This week’s news roundup features news about HIEs, including the case for combining HIE data with an analytics platform, how HIEs can enable public health reporting when EHRs fall short, how they can help remedy long emergency stays, why mental health providers oppose behavioral health EHR requirements, and the great conundrum of data liquidity in healthcare.
The healthcare industry employs more Americans than any other industry, and, in 2018, created one in every seven new jobs. This week’s news roundup is all about healthcare jobs-the fast paced of growth, why CIOs went from back-office operators to mission-critical innovators, how medical writers can help speed outcomes improvement, and how to turn data analysts into one of the industry’s most in-demand professionals-data scientists.
Faced with challenges, such as mergers and acquisitions, legal mandates, and changing patient populations, many health systems struggle to maintain patient satisfaction. This week’s news roundup features patient satisfaction: how mergers and acquisitions may harm patient satisfaction, and ways to increase it, from talking about costs to leveraging technology.
Patient safety is always a hot topic, but this week saw some important steps forward as well as interesting questions raised. Nursing hours are in the news after NYU released a study with concerning findings after analyzing surveys of more than 4,500 newly licensed nurses. An Ottawa hospital is taking a page from the airline industry to improve surgical safety with their use of black boxes in the OR. Geisinger physicians are working to develop a patient safety program to end preventable deaths. And, lastly PSQH Innovation Awards recognized healthcare organizations who overcame quality improvement challenges with top innovator, Thibodaux (Louisiana) Regional Medical Center recognized for their work transforming the care processes and outcomes for patients undergoing hip and knee joint replacements.
This week’s news roundup features the intersection of the opioid crisis and the medical marijuana debate. While some see medical marijuana as a partial solution to the opioid crisis, others wonder about the benefits of providing easy access to another drug now that we’ve seen the devastation from opioid addiction. Intermountain Healthcare, Utah’s largest healthcare system, announced that doctors will be able to recommend cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions. This, on the heels of the news that they successfully reduced opioid prescriptions for acute pain by roughly 30 percent in 2018. Lastly, we’re featuring a success story of how one healthcare system successfully used opioid prescribing guidelines to reduce the risk of abuse.
Improving clinical workflows is always a hot topic, especially as pressure on clinicians continues to mount. This week’s roundup features healthcare workflow news, including ways to protect provider productivity, the importance of user feedback in software usability, how analytics, workflow, and physician education aids sepsis care at Allina Health, and how ACO measures performance improved with data and analytics.